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Are You Tight on Space? These Five Crops Can Grow on a Balcony or Windowsill

Living in an apartment or condo often means giving up on personal green space, but just because you're living in a condo or apartment doesn't mean you have to give up on the idea of growing your own produce. With a little bit of time and money, and armed with the knowledge of what plants will thrive in your particular growing conditions, you too can enjoy fresh produce year-round.

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Choosing a Location

The best place to grow plants in your apartment is on a window sill, in a window box, or on a balcony. While the plants featured in this list can thrive in partial shade, it's still best to pick the sunniest spot you have available to have the most success in your growing endeavors.

Don't Forgo Nutrition

Because your plants will be growing in containers, they will need extra help to ensure they get all the nutrients they need to survive. Make sure that when you're picking out seeds, you also purchase some plant fertilizer. This essential plant food helps supplement the nutrition that gets passed to you when you eat your harvest!

Grow the Right Plants

Don't set yourself up for failure by trying to grow plants that won't thrive in the environment you can provide for them. Here's five plants that are sure-fire winners for even the most inexperienced urban farmers.

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Dwarf ornamental peppers work best for indoor growing. Their relatively shallow roots make them ideal for a container. Peppers also need lots of water, so opt for a well-drained plastic container over terra cotta. Don't keep peppers in a drafty spot or near air conditioning or heating vents.

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